According to Chinua Achebe the problem with Nigeria is… leadership. This is quite agreeable given the inefficiency in the system. Some would argue that government cannot provide for all our needs but how much has it done to safeguard our property, livelihood and our pursuit of happiness.
However, a good leadership ought to devise means to provide and promote enabling environment, security and social amenities, a good leadership must at all times know what to produce, how, for whom to produce and distribute equally across every segment of the country and to all peoples.
Leadership in this country had always promoted animosity, encouraged sectional bigotry, and encouraged our religious divide covered away from our faces by the “Iron curtain” of political propaganda.
But you, corps members, who have been awoken to bear witness to the clarion call, the future lies with you and so must do something right for “time is always right to do the right thing” a change which posterity will be grateful to you. Today as leaders of tomorrow let us be awake from the nightmare of yesterday, the clarion call is perhaps one of the many challenges the Nigerian youth encounters, it is undeniably your first chance at nation building, the sacrifices so given, and the inconveniences so endured.
I am sure that history knows how to reckon with those who did it well, the inputs you have made as corps members, talking to the younger generation, teaching them to learn and improving on the others who have already made a leap. You have done this with confidence and strength. If in the end you pay true allegiance to the flag and the national anthem, it will ignite in you the spirit of nationalism and borne out of you true leadership qualities. With you, the time has come to erode away as the wind passes the era of white rulers in Black skin.
A good leader promotes justice for all, enacts good-will laws under which all peoples of diverse backgrounds and statuses are subjected, with a hope of tranquility and as well give priority to the welfare of the people.
Now, that leader is you, who had responded with candour to this call, under the sun or in the rain, putting dedication and selflessness into it.
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